State-funded elections initiative approved for signature collection

Supporters can begin gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would pay for state political campaigns with state money. The Lieutenant Governor today certified the initiative that will be on the 2008 ballot — if sponsors are able to get at least 23,831 people to sign petitions for it. Vic Fischer is one of the sponsors. He says the initiative will provide fair and open elections — without any outside influence.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau